ARTSBERGEN ANNOUNCES A CALL FOR ARTISTS
Visual Artists Wanted for the “Art Takes the Bench!” Project
ArtsBergen and the Borough of New Milford are seeking three artists and/or artist teams to design and paint murals on three public benches in New Milford, NJ.
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
ArtsBergen is partnering with the Borough of New Milford to select three artists and/or artist teams to design and paint original murals on three public benches in New Milford, NJ. Using the arts as a creative tool in vitalizing the Borough’s parks, “Art Takes the Bench!” will expose residents and visitors to the artistic talents of local artists and provide visual attractions, creating more interesting and inviting open spaces. The artists will be selected through a juried selection process.
PROJECT LOCATIONS AND BENCH DIMENSIONS
One bench will be placed in each of the following three borough parks: 1. Williams Field, 2. Hardcastle Pond, 3. Sutton Place.
Measurements: Each bench is 6 feet in length and made up of seven 2” x 4” boards of pressure-treated wood. Wood is pre-primed with white paint.
ARTIST SCOPE OF WORK
Each bench will serve as a canvas for a painted mural with the following themes that were selected by the community:
A total of 3 artists/artist teams will be selected. Each artist/artist team will be assigned a bench to design and paint a mural of his/her/their vision in accordance with the themes stated above.
The selected artist/artist team is responsible for the design, painting, and protective sealing of the mural. Artist must be available to publicly paint the bench at an event for New Milford’s National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from approximately 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Each finished bench will have a plaque in braille describing the imagery of the artwork to make art accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired. Artist will provide a short detailed written description of their mural for this purpose.
Each selected artist/artist team will receive recognition, design credit, a $750.00 fee, and a $150.00 supply budget. *This fee includes attendance at any planning meetings, the painting event on August 1st, and work done on any other days needed to finish painting. (Benches must be finished by August 11, 2023).
ESTIMATED TIMELINE (subject to change)
Applications Due: June 21, 2023
Artist Selections: Week of July 10th, 2023
Mandatory Painting Event: August 1, 2023, approximately 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bench Must Be Completed by: August 11, 2023
ArtsBergen is collecting submissions of interested applicants. Artists must be at least 18 years of age and either work or live in New Jersey. New Milford-based artists are encouraged to apply. Artists will be chosen by a selection committee using the criteria of 1. creativity of design 2. prior experience with outdoor murals 3. artistic excellence, and 4. how imaginatively the theme is communicated.
Applicants should complete an online application form, and upload the following
items by June 21, 2023 at: https://artsbergen-art-takes-the-bench.artcall.org/
About ArtsBergen www.nnjcf.org/artsbergen
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify Bergen County artists and arts organizations and connect the communities in the region to the arts.
Please use the template below (found here: Bench-Template-Image.png (612×792) (nnjcf.org) to create a color rendering of your design. This rendering must be electronically submitted with your application.